Don’t think that just because this is the first un-punny title I’ve used that it is any more serious. We’re just having a little stoner chat…no…don’t click that back arrow! Face your addiction!…Just kidding, but seriously what’s the difference?
Well, to me, dependence is needing marijuana in order to perform certain activities in
everyday life. For example, someone may be dependent on marijuana in order to help them fall asleep at night, every night. Or maybe it’s hard to get an appetite without it. These are very common reasons that people smoke marijuana, besides the psychoactive effects.
Addiction on the other hand is a little more intense. Always wondering when you’re getting another hit? Where the hell can you get more bud RIGHT NOW? Tempted to steal $20 from your parents sock drawer for a G? You might be addicted.
So where is that happy middle-point? Personally, dependence is not necessarily a bad thing, although it can be. Millions of people are dependent on caffeine just to wake up in the morning, and they aren’t criticized…People take high powered sleeping pills every night just for 8 hours, and nobody bats an eye. But when you want to smoke a joint every night before bed you’re an addict.
The reality of the situation is that dependence and addiction are just less and more intense versions of each other, and both can yield negative consequences…Next time you’re rolling through your list of dealers desperately searching for bud, just ask yourself; do you really need, RIGHT NOW? Probably not. However, it is always your choice to keep going or take a break.
Congratulations! You have officially beat your addiction/dependency by reading this random article! Now go buy more bud and celebrate!